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Naked ‘Pengci’ Is At It Again – Hopes to Be Hit by Mercedes for Compensation Money

One Weibo netizen posted a picture of a naked man lying in front of a Mercedes in Zhejiang. According to The Paper, the man is known to be a ‘pengci’ fraud – deliberately getting hit by cars and then demanding compensation – who was just released from prison.

Manya Koetse

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One Weibo netizen posted a picture of a naked man lying in front of a Mercedes in Zhejiang. According to Chinese news site The Paper, the man is known to be a ‘pengci’ fraud – deliberately getting hit by cars and then demanding compensation – who was just released from prison.

On April 10, a man was spotted lying in front of a Mercedez Benz in Wenling County in Zhejiang Province after getting off his bike and taking off his clothes. The Weibo user who initially placed the picture online, Wang Laowu (“王老五回家”), was driving nearby the peculiar situation when he got out of his car to see what was going on.

According to bystanders, the man on the ground was not mentally ill, but a sane man who was looking to earn money through ‘pengci’ (碰瓷), a common type of fraud in China where people deliberatly get involved in accidents, or make it appear as if they were hit by a car, to get financial compensation.

Reporters later understood from the local police station that the man is a 31-year-old from Henan, who was just released from prison a week earlier for ‘pengci’, pretending to be run over by a Toyota. The man was in prison for seven days for his crime.

The female driver of the Mercedes reportedly was shocked by the incident and called the police. It is unclear if the man is currently yet again incarcerated. The reason why the man decided to undress also remains unclear.

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“Seven days was clearly not enough,” one netizen says about the man’s prison sentence. “Please take note that this is someone from Henan,” one Weibo user comments.

Henan province, in central China, does not always have a good reputation, with many having a regional bias against Henan and consider people from the province to be dishonest and deceptive.

Another netizen feels that people from Henan are often negatively portrayed in (social) media: “When a person from Henan does something good, you never remember,” he says: “but when they do something bad, you say that it’s Henan people at it again. The trashy behaviour of one person is not representative for the entire region.”

– By Manya Koetse

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Manya Koetse is the editor-in-chief of www.whatsonweibo.com. She is a writer and consultant (Sinologist, MPhil) on social trends in China, with a focus on social media and digital developments, popular culture, and gender issues. Contact at manya@whatsonweibo.com, or follow on Twitter.

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    Richard Jones

    April 16, 2016 at 11:17 pm

    I lost my wallet in a Zhengzhou, Henan taxi. The driver tracked me down by going back to the location where he had picked me up so that he could return it with all cash and credit cards intact. There is good and bad everywhere but it is no worse in Henan than anywhere else and probably better. I doubt i would have ever seen the wallet again if it had happened in Shanghai!

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Pregnant Woman Throws Scalding Soup over Baby Girl in Malatang Restaurant

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An incident that occurred in Zhoukou city in China’s Henan province on the night of June 11 has gone viral on Chinese social media today.

Security cameras in a malatang (hot spicy soup) restaurant captured the moment a pregnant woman throws a bowl of hot soup at an 11-month-old girl.

The woman was allegedly annoyed because the baby was making noise by banging on the table with a spoon.

Footage making its rounds on social media shows how other customers in the restaurant stand up after witnessing the incident, with some going after the woman.

The baby girl reportedly sustained burn injuries on her back and buttocks.

According to various Chinese media reports, the culprit is a 28-year-old woman by the name of Ren. She received a 15-day prison sentence and a fine of 500 yuan ($72), but will not be detained at this point because she is pregnant.

See the video of the incident here:

The local public security bureau issued a statement on Weibo today, writing that the incident had occurred when Ren was dining at the restaurant together with her husband. She got into an argument with the other diners when their 11-month-old baby would not stop banging on the table.

Shortly after leaving the restaurant with her husband, the pregnant Ren then suddenly returned and threw the hot soup at the family, hurting the baby girl.

On social media, outraged commenters write that they think the woman will not be a good mother: “How can a woman like this raise a child?”

“This makes my hair stand up in anger! It’s just a baby!” others write.

The story is somewhat similar to another incident that went viral on Chinese social media last year, when a pregnant woman intentionally tripped a 4-year-old boy in a malatang restaurant in Baoji (watch video below for the full story).

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Zhejiang Movie Theatre Displays Blacklisted Individuals in Avengers Movie Preview

A special ‘trailer’ before the Avengers movie premiere showed the audience blacklisted individuals.

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A local movie theatre in the city of Lishui, Zhejiang province, showed a noteworthy ‘trailer’ before the Avengers: End Game premiere on April 24.

Chinese state tabloid Global Times reports that the sold-out premiere had a ‘surprise’ moment just before the movie was about to start: a short Public Service Announcement by the Liandu district court of Lishui displayed people who are currently on a ‘debt dodging black list.’

The short film also informed the cinema audience of potential consequences of being on a blacklist, including no traveling abroad, and no traveling by air or on high-speed trains.

According to Global Times, the local district court has registered a total of 5478 people on its blacklist since 2018.

The names and faces of more than 300 people on this list have reportedly been displayed on cinema screens, public LED screens, and on buildings. Allegedly 80 of them have since complied with court orders.

As part of China’s emerging Social Credit system project, there are public court-issued lists of ‘trust-breaking enforcement subjects’ (信被执行人名单), referring to people or companies who have failed to comply with court orders.

Individuals on the judgment defaulter blacklist system run by the court system, whose information is publicized, can risk having their photos and names displayed on local LED screens on courthouses or other buildings (Dai 2018, 26).

Blacklisted individuals on a Wuxi building (via Phoenix News).

Beyond that, they will face restrictions in various ways, from being denied bank credit to being restricted from staying in high-end hotels or traveling by air.

On Weibo, the Global Times post on the noteworthy cinema preview received over 4000 shares. The same news was also reported by CCTV and Phoenix News.

Some commenters joke about the Public Service Announcement, saying: “Blacklisters [can now say]: Mum! I was on TV! On a big IMAX screen! Together with the Avengers!”

Others leave comments in support of the measure, calling it “creative,” and saying: “This is good, we should implement this all across the country.”

“Blacklisters should be displayed on all kinds of platforms.”

“This is for people to lose on their social credit,” another commenter writes: “If you don’t want to ‘socially die’ then just fulfill your duties.”

But not everyone agrees. “People are buying a movie ticket to see their film,” one person says: “They suddenly get exposed to this kind of content that has nothing to do with them, what about their rights as a consumer?”

By Manya Koetse

References

Dai, Xin, Toward a Reputation State: The Social Credit System Project of China (June 10, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3193577 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3193577 [5.3.19].

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